Hall's rooms shut

The front section of Clare Town Hall is closed until further notice due to structural issues - the issue has been a matter since March.
The front section of Clare Town Hall is closed until further notice due to structural issues - the issue has been a matter since March.

Access to the front half of Clare Town Hall is still restricted until further notice.

Built in 1926, a structural issue within the roof has seen the Clare Town Hall foyer, toilets (internal), parenting room - which has only recently been finished, Stan Scott and Clerks Office, close.

This also impacts the Clare Regional History Room.

Both the Barbara J Long Room and main hall area are still open, but through side access only.

Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council chief executive officer Dr Helen Macdonald said the issues were currently being assessed and council was liaising with engineers and builders to try to find a cost effective but safe solution.

"We are currently unable to provide a timeline for the reopening of the foyer and associated rooms," Dr Macdonald said.

"Staff are currently working on arrangements and notifying hirers who may be effected by the closure."

Dr Macdonald asked for, and appreciated, the community's patience and understanding during the closure.

As one of council's assets, it was decided at Monday night, July 15, meeting to let the "matter lay on the table pending the asset management plans for Council's buildings and infrastructure."

This is the fifth meeting where council have left the matter on the table - the matter was first brought to council's attention and put on hold in March.

Clare Town Hall, today's main hall, was built in 1926 with Chris Smith as the architect.